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  • All Invited To Celebrate Drs Draper & Grossman, Sunday

    Two of Newtown’s most longstanding and visible public health professionals, Dr Robert Grossman (left) and Dr Thomas Draper will be the subjects of a community celebration and open house on Sunday, October 27.

  • Health, Ambulance, Fire Officials Prepared For Ebola Outbreak Response

    In the extremely unlikely event of local response to a possible Ebola virus emergency call — and some officials say they cannot stress the word “extremely” enough — volunteer ambulance, fire and health officials all told The Newtown Bee this week that they are as ready as they can be to care for a patient while minimizing the possibility of spreading any type of infection.

  • Wet Winter, Warming Wave Spurring Local Tick Swarms

    Dozens of Newtown residents have turned to social media in recent days hailing the long-awaited arrival of springlike weather. But local resident, radio personality, and DJ Kirk Michaels made note of another harbinger of spring in a Facebook post April 21.

    Mr Michaels noted that both his two dogs, along with his wife and he have all been pulling an inordinately large number of ticks off themselves.

    “So far, we’ve removed ten ticks within the last two weeks,” he stated.

  • Newtown Participating In Emergency Medication Distribution Drill Thursday

    Newtown Health District officials are expecting a state Department of Health courier and State Police escort to arrive at Newtown High School sometime Thursday morning as part of a statewide mass emergency medicine distribution drill.

  • Town, School Health Officials Want Newtown To Start Walking

    Newtown Health District Director Donna Culbert and a small group of town employees laced up their sneakers April 2 to take a brisk spin around the Fairfield Hills to mark National Start Walking Day.

    Since statistics show that one in two men and one in three women are at risk for heart disease, and research shows that poor lifestyle is a major contributor, Ms Culbert wanted to help her colleagues improve or maintain their good health by factoring in a daily or even occasional walk into their workdays.

  • Health District Promotes Localized Mental Health Services, Info

    Visitors to Newtown’s municipal website are immediately greeted with links to supplemental sites that can help them learn about a variety of support and recovery initiatives, as well as a site that showcases the many nonprofit causes that have sprung up in the day

  • Police Probe Uncovers Odd Situation At Vacant Berkshire Road House

    After investigating a report of suspicious activity having occurred at a vacant, rundown house at 82 Berkshire Road (Route 34) in Sandy Hook, town police determined on Friday, April 26, that unusual, but not criminal, activity had taken place, police said.

  • Mental Health Specialist Looking At Community, Individual Healing Tactics

    This story was originally published in The Bee on April 26.

    In the approximately five weeks since Dr Jill Barron, a well-known psychiatrist who has worked with New York firefighters post 9/11 and other mass casualty incident survivors, began conducting a local critical needs assessment of mental health and support response, she has already arrived at some short-term observations.

  • Support Center, Synagogue Open To Those Retraumatized By Boston Incident

    In response to the April 15 bombing incident in Boston, the Town of Newtown established a temporary support center at Cyrenius Booth Library, 25 Main Street. That support center is further extending its hours of operation through the weekend for community members to come for support, guidance, or simply to be with one another, according to Health District Director Donna Culbert.

    The library support center will be open Friday, April 19, from 11 am to 5 pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm.

  • Support Center, Synagogue Open To Those Retraumatized By Boston Incident

    In response to the April 15 bombing incident in Boston, the Town of Newtown established a temporary support center at Cyrenius Booth Library, 25 Main Street. That support center is further extending its hours of operation through the weekend for community members to come for support, guidance, or simply to be with one another, according to Health District Director Donna Culbert.

    The library support center will be open Friday, April 19, from 11 am to 5 pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm.